Mark Scruggs

Trail Attorney

Location: Nashville, Tennessee

Phone: 615-244-5432

Fax: 615-356-6954

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Mark Scruggs

Mark Scruggs is a criminal trial attorney in Nashville TN.  He has defended several major cases through his career.

To be or not to be, that is the thing.  To much is on the line when charge with any thing.

Contact Mark Scruggs to get the best for you and your family.

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I am a life-long resident of Nashville, Tennessee, with the exception of my years at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

I live my life like I have operated my law practice, thriving on competition. In high school, I was the co-captian of the 1974 Father Ryan State Championship Football team and '75 wrestling team, placing twice in the state tournament.

For the past 20 years, I have been an avid runner and have completed 11 marathons in 5 different cities. All through my childhood and as an adult, I have tried to excel and win at any sport or endeavor. The practice of law is no different.


Mark Scruggs Criminal Defense Attorney UTK

I graduated with honors from UTK in 1979 and from the University of Tennessee Law School in 1982. For the first six years of my career, I represented police departments in Knoxville and Nashville in civil rights cases and felony forfeitures.

I left government practice in 1988 and went to work with the noted criminal defense attorneys, Lionel Barrett and Rich McGee.  There, I learned from the masters of criminal trial practice.

In 1991, I began my own separate private practice and in 1996, joined forces with Patrick Johnson and J.P.Barfeild to form Johnson, Scruggs & Barfield. Our firm has over 60 years of combined trial experience.

I have been a member of both the National and Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for over 12 years.

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A successful trial lawyer must not only be the person who can "quarterback" the client through the mine field of a criminal trial but he must also be able to design the "game plan" which will enable the jury to connect with the accused. He must also recognize that there are two sides to every story, not just the one proposed by the zealous prosecutor blinded by ambition.

My Approach in the defense of such a case is to thoroughly explore and evaluate all aspects of a situation which led to the accusations which will inevitably lead to the theory we will use in defending those accusations since that is where the truth will be.

Unlike law enforcement agencies, we will look at all possibilities to explain why a young "victim" is fabricating claims that will put an innocent person in prison for the rest of his/her life.


Areas of Practice

•Criminal Law •Personal Injury •Civil Litigation •Construction Law


Litigation Percentage

100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation


Bar Admissions

Tennessee, 1982



University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee-1982

Honors: With Honors


Notable Cases

State v. Carnicle (1989)

State v. Generoux(1995)

State v. Kennedy et al.(1996)

State v. Locke(1997)

State v. Kinlaw(2001)

State v. Jordan(2004)


Professional Associations and Memberships

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member

Tennessee Assiciations of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member


Past Employment Positions

Lionel Barrett and Rich McGee, Criminal Defense Attorneys




Mark Scruggs, Criminal Trial Attorney

95 White Bridge Rd. Set 508

Nashville, TN 27205